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Inconsistent Rajasthan Royals look to break Royal Challengers Bangalore's unbeaten run
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Inconsistent Rajasthan Royals look to break Royal Challengers Bangalore's unbeaten run

Big pictureAB de Villiers is in form. Glenn Maxwell is thriving. A hard-hitting team somehow found a way to adapt to the slowest pitch in the IPL.When Chennai provided even the slightest hint of a batting track, Royal Challengers Bangalore racked up 29 boundaries against a pretty decent bowling team.Imagine the damage they can do at a place like Wankhede. An unbeaten start to the tournament with their key players clicking. All they need now is a Virat Kohli masterclass.Rajasthan Royals are just as dangerous with the bat. They've threatened to chase down 222. But they've also crumbled from 87 for 2 to 95 for 7. Sanju Samson, their captain, had a wry smile on his face when he spoke about this nature of theirs at the presentation in the last match. He'll need to find a fix for this, fast.Team...
Search for consistency continues as flawed CSK and Rajasthan Royals face off
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Search for consistency continues as flawed CSK and Rajasthan Royals face off

PreviewTheir contest could tell us if one of them could enjoy a dark-horse run deep into the IPLBig pictureThe Rajasthan Royals and the Chennai Super Kings finished IPL 2020 in the bottom two places, and while there have been indications to suggest this season might be different, both remain flawed teams.The Super Kings bat deeper than possibly any other team in the competition, but none of their batters belong among the elite rung of T20 hitters, unless they were somehow able to turn back time. Their bowling is similar: a large array of useful options, but little in the way of raw pace or - unless Imran Tahir plays - genuine wicket-taking threat in the middle overs.The Royals possess top-drawer T20 stars in Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson and Chris Morris, but quality is otherwise spread thin a...
Monster talent on show as Capitals, Royals go head to head
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Monster talent on show as Capitals, Royals go head to head

PreviewGood news for Capitals with Rabada and Nortje likely to be available, while the Royals face selection dilemma with injured Stokes outBig pictureThese teams are fire. Delhi Capitals once struggled to find an identity for themselves. Now they are the home of young Indian batting geniuses. Rajasthan Royals see-sawed from one extreme to the other, not so much a cricket team as an unruly teenager. But now mum's put her foot down - yes, we want you to picture Kumar Sangakkara as mum - and they've finally promised to behave.Sanju Samson threatened to exceed those expectations on Monday, when he stayed calm even though he couldn't time the ball at the start of his innings. By the end of it, he wasn't so much a man with a piece of wood in his hand, he was King Kong with a goddamn axe. If the...
Big-hitting batsmen on show in battle of wicketkeeper captains
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Big-hitting batsmen on show in battle of wicketkeeper captains

PreviewSanju Samson's maiden game as IPL captain will be in focusBig pictureIt's a clash of two underachievers. Punjab Kings, the biggest auction spenders by virtue of having the bigger purse, now want to translate potential into performance. Rajasthan Royals, wooden spooners of the previous season, are looking to start afresh under a new captain in Sanju Samson, but have to make up for the lack of experience.There's plenty of firepower, no doubt. Chris Gayle and Nicholas Pooran bring explosive hitting for the Kings. Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes will try and negate that for the Royals. Kings have the exuberance of KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal at the top of the order, but Royals will bank on the inexperience of either Manan Vohra or Yashasvi Jaiswal to partner Stokes, having off-loaded Robin U...